Temple Police: Maya Maxwell confessed to moving Swearingin’s car

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Temple police investigators say they know who drove and left Michael Swearingin’s car in Austin. Swearingin and Jenna Scott were reported missing on January 4th.  Police say the bodies of the two friends were found in Muskegon County, Michigan almost two weeks later.

According to the arrest affidavit of Maya Maxwell, she admitted to Detective Corey Powell during an interview that she knew a criminal offense had been committed, namely the theft of Swearingin’s 2016 Hyundai Genesis.  The affidavit also says Maxwell drove the car to Austin on January 3rd, in hopes of concealing it from law enforcement.

Maxwell faces a charge of Tampering with or Fabricating Physical Evidence.  She is being held in the Muskegon County Jail in Michigan. Also in that jail is Ginell McDonough, who faces a charge of Harboring a Fugitive.  

McDonough is married to Cedric Marks, who is a suspect in the burglary of Jenna Scott’s home.  Scott and Marks were previously in a relationship, but she filed a protection order against him in 2018. She accused him of abusing her.  

At this time, police have not named Marks as a suspect in Scott and Swearingin’s disappearance or death. 

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